‘Ant-Man’ Takes Former ‘Batman vs. Superman’ 2015 Release Date

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While there’s no reason for us on the sidelines to have to choose between Marvel and DC – we’re free to cheer both companies on to make great comic book films – the two studios are – by their very nature – competitors. Each one is in the business of producing quality superhero entertainment content that reaps in big financial rewards – and we’re talking billions of dollar “big,” like The Avengers and The Dark Knight.

Case in point: last week, Warner Bros./DC decided to shift Batman vs. Superman back to a May 2016 release date that Marvel Studios had previously claimed for an as-yet unannounced “Phase 3″ film, and now the latter has gone ahead and claimed the 2015 date that BvS just vacated for writer/director Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. That means we’ll get to see Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas in superhero gear two weeks earlier than expected – a much smaller jump than when Marvel originally bumped Ant-Man up from a November to July 2015 premiere.

That means that Ant-Man will now face off against director Joe Wright’s Peter Pan origin film – otherwise known simply as Pan – on July 17th in 2015. In general, that month has cooled down a bit, which is good news for your average moviegoer’s wallet; at one point, July 2015 was shaping up to be a major throwdown between studios, with a lineup that included Batman vs. Superman, Independence Day 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (all of which have since been delayed).

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Unexpected hold-ups or change-of-plans can often derail a studio’s planned release date for one of its major tentpoles, and it’s not at all unusual to see their peers use the loss to gain some advantage – like when Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was moved up and took Fast & Furious 7‘s old 2014 date. Still, the fact that it’s Marvel that’s zeroing in on a prime date that DC has originally staked out, just makes it more entertaining to write about.

We’re still waiting to see who blinks first – Marvel or DC – and surrenders the May 6th, 2016 date to the other, but in the meantime Marvel is going to keep striving to expand its grasp on the superhero film marketplace, by releasing political thriller/sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier and cosmic adventure Guardians of the Galaxy this year, followed by the “Phase 2″ capstone Avengers: Age of Ultron and then “Phase 3″ starter Ant-Man in 2015.

That make it DC’s move next, yes?


Ant-Man opens in theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Batman vs. Superman is now scheduled for release on May 6th, 2016.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Hooray for small miracles!

    • i see what you did there

  2. Yeah. Excited for this film.

  3. Yea…! Less wait..

  4. awesome + very appropriate article picture haha

    • Sandy always grabbing my images :p

      I cut that one up for my Michael Douglas Praises ‘Ant-Man’ Script & Director article. Fits here too.

  5. …cool? Not much of a real difference now that the main competitor is moved.

  6. Hahaha GREAT news! The sooner the better, can’t wait for this movie! It’s going to be like waiting for a next episode of a show in 2 months (you know just like many shows so far *sigh*) rather than a year

    Oh and it’s weird tat I also felt this is Marvel’s way of saying “DC, we’ll do a favor and cover your absent in 2015 (too). I hope you won’t miss our big date in May 2016 too, okay…” XD (j/k)

  7. Could this indicate an extra title for Marvel? Could Disney/Marvel insert another movie in (or near) Ant-Man’s place and keep the announced 2 2016 and 1 2017 slot? Or concede the May 2016 battle and arrange for 3 in 2016? Or is this Star Wars related?

  8. “While there’s no reason for us on the sidelines to have to choose between Marvel and DC ”

    You take that back. This is the Internet dagnabit and sides must be chosen. Either you are purple or you are green. Once you have chosen a side it must be defended to the death, death I tell you. Any namby pamby who suggest we can have reasonable discussion and support both sides needs to be shot with their own figgy pudd’n. It is just downright unInternetian.

  9. I don’t really plan on seeing Ant-Man while at the theaters, I hope it does well but after Captain America: The Winter Soldier I’m not interested in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I’m not really sure if this is surprising or not. It will be interesting to see which movie, Pan or Ant-Man, attracts the child demographic more. I’m actually planning on seeing Pan at the theaters, Javier Bardem and Hugh Jackman together seems very promising. I don’t think it’s anything towards Warner Bros./DC though. I think it’s more Disney going up against Pan. I doubt the Marvel movie that is set to come out in May 2016 will change, either.

  10. Marvel… you don’t disappoint!!

    *insert the Joker clapping here ;P

  11. We need to get Goliath (Pym) and Wasp into The Avengers. That should be a major goal. Kang, you do time-travel, make it happen! (reference: older Michael Douglas playing Pym; dip him in “Ivory Liquid”, which makes him feel young again!).

    (Meantime, over at DC, they whip out Ray Palmer: The Atom!!)


    This is DISNEY vs Warner Brothers.

    This is not a hard concept to understand people.

  13. Marvel to DC: Who´s your daddy! Who´s. your. daddy.

  14. Too much for Marvel.

  15. WOAH! This looks like Marvel is trying to send a message to Warner Bros that they are NOT backing down from the May 6, 2016.

    • Yea until this movie flops!

      • Orrrr…. is a hit…potential new franchise along with thor and cap…

  16. Well, WB’s gonna make ONE comic book film in 3 years.

    Disney/Marvel will show us 4-5 movies in the meantime (6 if we count The Dark World which also came after Man of Steel).

    Even if BvS earns the most money (which I’m not sure about, we’ll have to see how Age of Ultron does), if we look at it from the studio’s POV, Disney earns way more money with their superhero thing. And that is what matters to TPTB. It’s not really a competition to them.

    • I do think we can expect Age of Ultron to outshine BvS… Just the fact that it’ll be following avengers..continuing a franchise…culmination of phase 2…start of phase 3…multiple avengers….
      BvS still has a lot to do before it can be this big. MOS barely beat out Thor 2.. Granted the fact that BvS is much bigger than MOS…this will be Avengers 2…that’s a bigger deal.

      • But, also let’s not forget that BvS has a higher risk to not be that well-received.

        We just don’t know how much people are going to like Affleck’s Bruce Wayne or Gadot’s Diana. Especially since MoS was not such an overwhelming success (even if it was a BIG success). This new Superman is still very new, he’s not that well-established just yet.

        Age of Ultron is sort of a guaranteed success, because people know the Marvel brand by now. They know what to expect, they know it’s gonna be funny, know most of the main characters and the actors playing them, etc.

        But regardless, even if BvS outshines Age of Ultron box office-wise, it’s still just one movie, while Marvel will have the success of 4-5 movies during the same amount of time. Even if they are moderate successes and not billion+ (expect Age of Ultron, that’s expected to be over a billion), it still adds up to a lot more dollars in the end.

    • Not necessarily. I haven’t heard Suicide Squad, Deathstroke, or Team 7 being off the table, or on it with dates. Still wondering about the fate of the Flash movie too.

  17. Still Cant see Douglas as Ant man??? As was expecting a younger take on the Ant….But hey lets just wait and see…. :/

    • It was detailed that it will be young Henry Pym sometime in the 1950/60 (Tales to Astonish style) and then cut to Paul Rudd in present day as Scott Lang inheriting the mantle from old Henry Pym (Michael Douglas)

  18. I’m one of those who have long thought with the relatively quick lifespan of a theatrical release that Marvel could get away with 3 releases per year. If they are doing one & one, one sequel and one standalone, each year what would the 3rd films be. First it’ll be a B-level hero, S.H.I.E.L.D. related, though a lesser character it would have to be fairly well known. After much thought i can only come up with a handful of names. They are:
    1) Nick Fury
    2) Black Widow
    3) Hawkeye
    4) Falcon
    5) War Machine
    I’ve just about given up on the idea of more films from the Golden Age, like Howlin Commandos, Sgt. Fury or Union Jack happening. So, does anyone have any ideas, suggestions, etc.?

  19. They better have called “no backies” to DC.

  20. Since Batman learned mostly ninjitsu, than I would like to see him fight like a ninja for a change and not like Steven Seagal.

  21. We lost Batman Vs. Superman, but oh boy! Peter Pan!

    - said no one ever.

  22. WB Execs and the Batfleck chicken out because deep down they knew they could not compete with The Avengers 2. They knew that they had taken a different path to the one they had in mind with the MoS sequel. What a bunch of Si**ies.

  23. I am really excited about this movie I’m actually bummed that its not coming out sooner. What I am literally dying to know is who the villain of the movie is going to be, because I looked into it and Ant-Man doesn’t have much of a rogues gallery other than Ultron of course and we know now that he won’t be in the movie, I originally thought that Radioactive Man would be the baddie because I read an article on Screen Rant that said Radio Active man was being hinted or may be hinted at in Iron Man 3 but now I’m not so sure. I wonder why his rogues gallery can be so different from a lot of other super heroes like Thor or Iron Man or Spider-Man, I wonder if its because he wasn’t as popular as some of the other guys, I don’t think Pym ever got his own comic maybe they’ll end up making their own villain for the movie that would be interesting. But hey if any of you guys know anything about Ant-Man’s enemies let me know because I dying for some info on this one, thanks :)

  24. Stupid movie, have bad feeling about this one. looks like another Dare Devil.

  25. i’ve always wanted them to make a young justice movie .-. yeah i know that seems kinda stupid but if u think about it , u’ll know its gonna be so interesting if u saw the series .-. too bad they stopped making more episodes ;.; (when i say them i mean dc ._.)